Young Buckaroo Simmons and the Bull Named Misteak

The arena smelled of manure and sweat
But the show ain’t even started yet
Cowboys and bullfighters markin’ time
Gonna go at some beef a bit past its prime
The crowd waited with bated breath
To see which cowboy would go home with
A gold belt buckle and a hefty check
To make up for nearly gettin’ stomped to heck

Young Buckaroo Simmons was goin’ first
On an old bull everyone said was the worst
But he blocked all that out and stretched his rope
So his ridin’ hand wouldn’t come loose — he hoped
Pushed his hat on tight an’ spat out his wad
Hunkered down low and gave ’em the nod
The gate swung open and away they flew
Snortin’ and blowin’ as buckin’ bulls do

Down went the horns and Buck, he leaned back
So far that bull’s tail gave him a whack
Shruggin’ it off the rider rolled with the tide
On the bull named Misteak bound to give him a ride
They spun to the left, then twirled to the right
And again Misteak reared up, oh man what a sight
Four seconds had passed while Buck aged a year
So focused on ridin’, no time spared for fear

That’s when the bull let his freak flag unfurl
Spinnin’ in place just like a tilt-a-whirl
Buck, he’d been warned that ol’ Misteak was mean
But it’d been a lot of years since he was that green
Six seconds gone, the crowd cheered and crowed
Declarin’ already that this bull’s been rode.
Buck was a hero, the judges were in awe
He stayed put as that bull pitched and yawed

Just one more second, he’d be cream of the crop
With a ride that no other cowpoke could top
The whistle blew and the crowd blew its stack
There was Bucky still on the bull’s back
Now, let’s just say he didn’t stick the dismount
If it’s after eight seconds, it just doesn’t count
He spent the rest of the show sort of daze-y
His memory of that day is still pretty hazy

He still wears the buckle, though the money’s long gone
And most bulls these days he cannot stay on
He freely admits he didn’t get scared
During the ride, but he shouldn’t have dared
To watch the film of all those bounces and swerves
‘Cause that was when he finally lost his nerve

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